Explore the spices lands around Munnar
The time spent amidst mist-clad, sprawling tea plantations and abound in tranquility is rewarding. Best bet is Munnar. The name Munnar literally means 'Three Rivers'. It derives this name as it is located at the confluence of the three-mountain streams of Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, which feed the town of Munnar.
Munnar is an enchanting hill station and a summer gateway of India, which holds a special place as an exotic destination for both family vacations and honeymoon. The rolling hills, velvety tea plantations and cardamom hills punctuated with cascading jungle streams and quaint pathways are well tailored for a tranquil vacation, far from the maddening pace of the urban life.
The grass lands of Munnar are home to the endangered species of wild goats , the Nilgiri Tahrs. The wild life enthusiasts amongst you cannot afford to miss out the Eravikulam National Park. It can be reached in 30 minutes from Munnar and is a haven for free-roaming ibex, elephants and lion-tailed macaque.
Marayoor, famous for the only natural sandal wood forest in Kerala is yet another top attraction in Munnar. There are also natural caves and vestiges of the stone age civilization that would take you back in space and time.
Munnar also takes credit to the highest peak in south India - Anamundi, at a height of 2695 m. Munnar was a popular summer holiday spot of European settlers and even today there are many colonial estate bungalows that add charm to this landscape. Some of the other attractions on offer include the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala of Pallivasal and the scenic trekking tracts of Attukal.
The spices found in Kerala are Pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint etc. The spices cultivated here are used in the global market. Kerala tour without spice plantation trip is incomplete, these spices are world famous and adds flavour to food and wine of the West. You can buy spices in Kerala from Fort Cochin, Jew Street (near Broadway, Cochin main town), Thekkady and Munnar. You can even buy them in sachets so that you can gift your relatives and friends back home.